First Woman Gets Elected to Saudi Local Council

RIYADH, Dec 13 – Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that Salima bint Hazab al-Otaibi had become the first woman elected to public office in the conservative Islamic kingdom after winning a seat on the municipal council in Mecca in Saturday’s election. The election was the first in which women could vote and run as candidates,

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Kuwaiti Court Upholds Death Sentence in Mosque Bombing

KUWAIT, Dec 13 (Reuters) – A Kuwaiti appeals court upheld one death sentence and overturned another in the case of an Islamist suicide bombing at a mosque in June, Kuwaiti newspaper al-Qabas reported on Sunday. A criminal court in September had sentenced seven defendants to death in the case. Eight other suspects had been given

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Dubai Golf Complex Restores Trump’s Name

DUBAI, Dec 13 – A Dubai real estate firm has restored Donald Trump’s name on a $6 billion golf complex it is building with the U.S. businessman and presidential hopeful, days after taking it down following his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. Trump prompted an uproar when he made his comments

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Western Powers Coax Libyans to Sign Accord

By Patrick Markey ALGIERS, Dec 13 – After a year of U.N. talks to end Libya’s conflict, Western powers are coaxing the warring factions closer to a deal they hope can help stop the spread of Daesh militancy in the North African country. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will co-chair a meeting of European,

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Clashes in Burundi Kill 90

NAIROBI, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Nearly 90 people were killed during Friday’s clashes in the Burundian capital, the army said on Saturday, the worst outbreak of violence in Burundi since a failed coup in May. Blasts and gunfire echoed around Bujumbura for most of Friday and residents said officials spent the day collecting bullet-riddled bodies from city streets.

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Saudi Women’s Vote: Historic Change or Symbolic?

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, Dec 13 – Saudi Arabian women voted for the first time on Saturday in local council elections and also stood as candidates, a step hailed by some activists in the Islamic patriarchy as a historic change, but by others as merely symbolic. “As a first step it is a great achievement.

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Climate Change Summit Forges Landmark Accord

By Alister Doyle and Barbara Lewis PARIS, Dec 13 – The global climate summit in Paris forged a landmark agreement on Saturday, setting the course for a historic transformation of the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy within decades in a bid to arrest global warming. After four years of fraught U.N. talks often pitting the interests

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Al Qaeda’s Syria Wing Says Truces Only Benefit Gov’t

BEIRUT, Dec 13 – Truces between the Syrian government and rebels only benefit Damascus, the leader of one of the largest insurgent groups in the war said in comments broadcast on Saturday, in which he also criticized a recent opposition meeting as a “conspiracy.” The remarks by Abu Mohamad Al Golani, head of al Qaeda’s

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Prove You’re a Muslim, Get Into Brooklyn Comedy Club for Free

By Frank McGurty NEW YORK, Dec 13 – Donald Trump may want to block all Muslims from entering the United States, but a Brooklyn comedy club is welcoming them into its shows free of charge. The club is aiming to make a serious statement about the Republican presidential hopeful’s proposed ban—and possibly to win some

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